Our Presessional English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses are open to international students who do not already meet the English language entry requirement for their Cranfield course and wish to gain an insight into academic life before beginning their postgraduate study.

Working with a team of well qualified and experienced tutors we will help you:

  • Improve your English language skills to satisfy our English language entry requirement
  • Develop and improve your knowledge and use of academic English
  • Prepare for the kinds of assignments you will complete on your postgraduate course
  • Develop the confidence and skills needed to succeed in your academic studies
  • Introduce you to life in the UK and to UK culture.

We offer a Winter programme and a Summer programme each year, each programme offers 3 courses.  Students can choose from either a 20, 10 or 5 week course. Our 10 and 5 week courses are now also available to MSc offer holders for the School of Management.

The Winter programme has been designed for applicants undertaking research programmes starting in the summer. Applicants for taught Masters courses starting in September/October are strongly advised to apply for the Summer English programme.

We are only able to consider IELTS for UKVI tests where an applicant requires a Tier 4 visa to attend a Presessional EAP course.

Applicants who have not met the standard entry requirements for any of the above courses should contact the Presessional team for further advice and guidance. All applications are considered on their merits on a case by case basis.


Course content and assessment criteria

Course content

  • Understanding the process approach to academic writing
  • Developing critical thinking skills
  • Developing effective reading strategies
  • Extending writing and research skills
  • Improving English grammar to support clear communication
  • Delivering a variety of effective presentations
  • Developing academic vocabulary
  • Improving listening and speaking skills
  • Using online materials to support essential independent learning.

Course Structure

You should be available to attend sessions Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 5.30 pm. You will also be offered weekly tutorials with a personal tutor to support your learning and have the opportunity to participate in lively seminars and debates.

Assessment criteria 

You will be assessed throughout the course and it is not usually necessary to take an additional English test at the end. You will only be able to progress to postgraduate study if you successfully complete the course.

Winter programme details

20 week course

Course dates 9 January 2017 - 2 June 2017
(including a reading week from 20 March - 24 March)
Registration date 6 January 2017
Entry requirements IELTS 5.0 (minimum 5.0 in all elements)
Course fee £4800

10 week course

Course dates 27 March 2017 - 2 June 2017
Registration date 24 March 2017
Entry requirements IELTS 5.5 (minimum 5.5 in all elements)
Course fee £2400

5 week course

Course dates 1 May 2017 - 2 June 2017
Registration date 28 April 2017
Entry requirements IELTS 6.0 (minimum 6.0 in all elements)
Course fee £1200

Summer programme details

20 week course

Course dates 24 April 2017 - 15 September 2017
(including a reading week from 3 July - 7July)
Registration date 21 April 2017
Entry requirements IELTS 5.0 (minimum 5.0 in all elements)
Course fee £4800

10 week course

Course dates 10 July 2017 - 15 September 2017
Registration date 7 July 2017
Entry requirements IELTS 5.5 (minimum 5.5 in all elements)
Course fee £2400

5 week course

Course dates 14 August 2017 - 15 September 2017
Registration date 11 August 2017
Entry requirements IELTS 6.0 (minimum 6.0 in all elements)
Course fee £1200

How to apply

Please apply on this page. Applications must be submitted 6 weeks prior to the start date of the course. We cannot guarantee to consider applications received after this date.